Ribbons and Bows

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Today, I learned something that I wish I would have learned 12 years ago, when my little girl was a little girl. Today I learned how to make my own hair bows.

Seamus helped me.


Pick a ribbon and sew it.


Then, loop a ribbon around the center

and sew it.


I liked this one too.


Then, you could hot glue it to

a plain old hair clip like this


Or you could just slip

a bobby pin in the back


and put it on your pretty

“little” girl


who still lets you


because the dog is hiding.

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PS If you liked this one, check

out the other diy ribbons and bows here.

Glow in the Dark Art

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My friend Heidi sent me this picture last year, and since then, I’ve been trying to figure out how to incorporate the idea into our home. At last, when I saw our new super hero scrapbook pages, a light bulb went off above my head. Ding!

My intent was to frame these two

scrapbook pages.

One, is an empty comic page,

ready for a story to be written,

while the other is

a picture of a city at night

with spot lights illuminating the sky.


The city scape was just

asking to glow.

We purchased some glow in the dark Mod Podge

and carefully painted it on the

windows and spot lights in the picture.


Then, we framed it

and turned off the lights.


It looks amazing in person.

When we framed the other page,

007 immediately got out the

dry erase markers and started

writing a comic.


I love making room for his creativity.

We hung them up in his room.


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Dry Erase Erasers

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Between our message boards, our meal planner and various calendars around our house, we use dry-erase markers a lot. When I saw this pin, I knew it was for us. Y’all, this is EASY.

Here are a few of our markers.


I bought these cute little pom poms

at my local male-named craft store.


Tonight’s tool:

the glue gun.


I opted for the black pom poms

rather than cute colors

because I knew that after

a few uses, those cute colors

wouldn’t look so cute anymore.


There’s someone who always looks cute


He’s already working on tomorrow’s pin.

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Upcycled Cereal Box: Journals

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If you read our post from yesterday, you’ll know that I was knee-deep in helping hands. With school just around the corner, we thought that these diy journals would be fun to make.

The girls cut the boxes



While “The Boss” worked intently with Play Doh


They traced and cut construction paper

for the inside of the journals.


Then, they sewed buttons on the front.




We deviated from the original plan

in that we tied yarn around the button

instead of sewing directly with the yarn.


Here is Twinkle Toes showing off her button and yarn.

Sewing the inside seam is a task not

for the faint of heart,

or fingers.


We used various decorative tape

and stamps on the outside.

Here’s the one we made for their

precious mother.



Overall, a fun project

with really great company.

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Cereal Box Magazine Organizer

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Nothing reminds me how craft-challenged I am like glue and duct tape. As I sit here with sticky hands, I’d like to recount how I spent the last hour in my kitchen…

Once upon a time, I saw this gorgeous upcycled cereal box picture and pinned it to my Pinterest board. I read the directions and thought “This looks easy!” Forgetting that crafts are my kryptonite, I proceeded to gather the materials telling 007, “We’re going to have fun!”

I bought this snazzy super hero themed scrapbook paper

a while ago when it was half off.

I have various plans for it’s contents.


We’ve been stock-piling cereal boxes

because there are tons of

cool pins about how to reuse them.

This is just one.


We started by cutting the top of the box.



We cut a diagonal line.



And then cut patterns in scrap book paper,

construction paper and felt.

007 likes green a lot.


Here’s where things got sticky.

The construction paper boded to

the adhesive spray immediately which, you would think,

would be a good thing, but, you see,

there was no time to maneuver the paper on the inside.

Wherever it stuck was where it was staying,

including my hands.


I continued to paper the inside of the box

and then moved to the outside of the box.


All of this took about 10 minutes.

And then, came the duct tape.

I really should have bought pretty washi tape,

but it’s raining outside and I wanted to

work with what I had.

What I had was silver duct tape.


Overall, I was happy with the way it turned out.


It’s not perfect, but

my little super hero loved it.

Because all super heroes need a place to store

their Lego Mags.


Where nobody can see them.


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after I take the glue off of my hands…

Tie-Dye Mickey Mouse Shirts

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We found this wonderful pin here.

We found white t-shirts to practice on in 007’s closet.

We placed a cup underneath the shirt and

secured it with a rubber band.


We also placed some cardboard in between

the front and back of the shirt.


We made a shape with a Sharpie

and then we sprayed it with

Isopropol Alcohol.



It was fun watching the ink spread.

The ears were my favorite.




We’ll pop it in the dryer to set the ink

and then, as legend has it,

it will not run when it is washed.


Fun, quick and easy: I liked this craft.

I bet we can do some other fun shapes, too. 🙂

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Burlap Wreath

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I like celebrating Christmas in July

and, since Papa looked at me sideways

when I told him I was going to put the tree up,

I decided to make a wreath.

Yes. I did.

I bought some burlap

(right now, it’s on sale 50% off at Michaels)

and a wire wreath.

I used the thin wire I had from our nail polish flowers.




You can go to this site for a great tutorial.


Merry Christmas (in July)


32 pins to go

(and 153 days until Christmas)